BOOK NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The present book (A Short History of Science. By W. E.
Sedgwick and H. W. Tyler. Revised by H. W. Tyler and R. P.
Biglow. New York: The Macmillan Co., 1939; pp. xxi, 512; illus-
trations; $3.75) is an outgrowth of a course of lectures given
for a number of years to undergraduates at the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology, and is in part a revision of
Sedgwick and Tyler's Short History of Science. In the words
of the junior author, "it attempts to trace briefly the history
of the foundations upon which recent, as well as earlier, ad-
vances were based; to correlate the steps of progress with the
spirit of the times; to increase the emphasis on the evolution
of scientific methods," and in this way to create an impression
of continuity in the story of science.
An adequate index and an appendix including a descriptive
account of some inventions of the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries, a chronological table of important names, dates, and
events in the history of science correlated with history, litera-
ture, art, etc., together with a condensed bibliography, are fea-
tures. Illustrations, pictures, and quotations are used effectively.
Here is a book about science, but none the less appropriate
for the intelligent reader whose interests may be along other
lines, for, in the words of Du Bois-Reymond: "The history of
science is the real history of mankind."
MARIE B. MORROW.
The University of Texas.
Dictionary of American History, James Truslow Adams, ed-
itor in chief, and R. V. Coleman, managing editor, five volumes,
was issued by Charles Scribner's Sons during the first six
months of 1940. An index volume is to follow. The articles
number between five and six thousand, ranging from several
thousand words in length to a few lines. They were written
by more than one thousand persons, each specially qualified to
handle the subject assigned. They cover all phases of American
life, including movements, incidents, names, places, things, and
ideas. I have recently had occasion to use the work for a
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146052/. Accessed June 29, 2015.